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A Storm in Lava Cup..

Posted by revenants on November 6, 2007


Lavastorm, Old and New. 


Lavastorm as it is now called. Lavastorm Mountains of old. Yes, it’s another one of my ‘old & new’ zone reviews.  You may recall some of my comments on the new zone back in this post..but today I’m going to be looking at the ‘old’ original Lavastorm Mountains, and comparing it with the new.


As you can see from above what started off as a fairly basic zone with mountains and valleys, some of the latter filled with Lava pits…ended up as the current zone we know and love (or loathe) with separate hunting areas and several instances, dungeons and a pretty impressive vista.  Obviously the new zone is much more pleasing to the eye, but I am not going to dwell on that as that is as it should be.


Memories of the zone…well I actually have plenty. Probably the most prevalent was my first regular excursions through the zone on my way to the dungeon of  Najena.  There was some Warrior item Udrath wanted from a mob in that particular dungeon, but I’m stumped if I can recall what that was.  What stuck with me was how nasty the zone could be for one of moderately low level.  If the wandering mobs didn’t get you, then more than likely I was going to be the victim at least once, of a laggy lava death.  The very first time I zoned in to LM, I was playing my 19th level Warrior and recall zoning in to a set of higher level toons duelling (think they were, or maybe they were just hanging around) next to the zone entrance. I checked my printed out map from EQ Atlas, to make sure I was headed in the right direction for Najena, then I set off backwards, watching the higher levels admiring their armour and in particular the Rangers bow. Only to find I was dead before I knew it, having stepped backwards in to some lava!  Yes, this is where my EQ Lava hatred began!  So I thought I would try again. This time I almost made it to the Najena cave entrance, but I aggro’ed and in a blind ‘run around like a headless chicken in panic’ moment, it ended very quickly with another swim in the lava.


Comparisons…well from what I can remember the old LM was more barren but the very basic premise of The Temple of Sol being at the top with Sol’s Eye and the main Lava pit has remained.  Obviously now though, one is required to travel a whole lot further to get to Sols Eye, if you haven’t already picked up the teleporter that is.  Later on when playing my Druid, I obviously visited the zone a fair amount due to the Druid rings there, and to fight the Shadowed Men (around level 30 I think), then later to go to Sol A and Sol B. Actually have some happy memories of my groups forming up outside the Sols in the tunnels overlooking the Lava Pit of Sols Eye and the mucking about we used to do…which inevitably ended up with at least one Lava death.  One thing that always struck me a little strange about the zone was the gypsies along the west wall with whom all good characters could trade with…and who do the evil toons have to sell/trade with…that’s right…the Druid at the portal??!!?? Of course we all know the famously wonderful relationship druids have with Evil in Norrath right…*sigh*.


Overall LM was another zone that I didn’t spend a huge amount of time in..but funnily enough my most prevalent memories of the zone are the same as the current one…Oh look, there’s another place I fell in the lava..


On a completely separate note, Killzum tanked The Vaults last night in a bid to try and get Buckleton his Brigand class hat from there.  Was a load of fun and was joined by Emarald, Ysabella, Takoul, Bloodymary and Incendio.  No great problems at all throughout the zone, until we got to the end and the last named only dropped a Treasure Chest. Sometimes that’s how it is though. I think I was still spoilt from my run through Acadechism the other night where nearly every other drop, even off the trash mobs, seemed to be Ornate and even a couple of Exquisites from trash too.  So getting a Treasured from the last named cheesed me off a bit.  Yes, I am more than aware ‘greed’ is one of the Seven Deadly sins, LoL.


To finish the night off Morriana got together with Konador and they knocked out a couple of sets of sentry writs.  The effort we are both putting in to the 60 to 64 Sentry Writs is quite impressive and Revenants are already well on our way to getting our next guild level…watch this space…


Kon reckons GL60 before long, haha..Yeah, sure.







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